Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

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    • August 21st, 1949
Loretta Devine was born on August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama and BrandeisUniversity in 1976 with a MFA in Theater. Devine is a member of The Epsilon Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She began her career on Broadway starring in Dreamgirls. Minor roles for Devine followed in films such as Little Nikita (1988) and Stanley & Iris (1990). She also appeared in the first season of the TV series A Different World. In 1995, she landed a high-profile role as Gloria Matthews in Waiting to Exhale, joined in the cast by Whitney Houston, Gregory Hines, and Angela Bassett, among others. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress, as did her next movie, The Preacher's Wife, her second movie with Houston and Hines. In 2000, Devine took on the role of impassioned high school teacher Marla Hendricks on the Fox TV drama Boston Public. Devine won three more Image Awards for her work in the series. She also continued to work in film, playing prominent roles in Urban Legend, Urban Legends: Final Cut, and I Am Sam. Devine earned yet another Image Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in the 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed. She also appeared in the 2005 Academy Awards Best Picture winning film Crash. She also plays Rochelle's mother, Maxine on the sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. In 2007, she appeared in This Christmas, co-starring Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, and Regina King. Devine also appeared in Grey's Anatomy as Adele Webber. She played Patti on Eli Stone, an ABC television series which began airing in 2008 an in 2009, Devine starred in the TV series Cold Case. Most recently she can be seen in Lottery Ticket (2010), For Colored Girls (2010), Death at a Funeral and Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011).

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Acting (56 Credits)

2021Queen Bees
2020Spell as Eloise
2019Family Reunion as M'Dear
2019The Trap as Mama Jay
2019A Sweet Christmas Romance as Loretta
2019Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
2018Sierra Burgess Is a Loser as Ms. Thomson
2017Naked as Carol
2015The Carmichael Show as Cynthia Carmichael
2015Norm of the North as Tamecia (voice)
2014The Sound and the Fury as Dilsey
2014You're Not You
2014Welcome to Me as Barb Vaughn
2013Khumba as Mama V (voice)
2012Doc McStuffins as Nurse Hallie (voice)
2011The Client List as Georgia Cummings
2011State of Georgia as Honey Dupree
2011Madea's Big Happy Family as Shirley
2011Jumping the Broom as Mrs. Taylor
2011Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 as Delta (voice)
2010For Colored Girls as Juanita / Green
2010Lottery Ticket as Grandma
2010Death at a Funeral as Cynthia
2009My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done as Miss Roberts
2009Spring Breakdown as Dr. Marguerite
2008Eli Stone as Patti Dellacroix
2008First Sunday as Sister Doris
2008Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Delta (voice)
2007This Christmas as Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield
2007Cougar Club as Dolly
2006Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story as Addie Collins
2006Dreamgirls as Jazz Singer
2005King's Ransom as Miss Gladys
2004Woman Thou Art Loosed as Cassey JordanWatch Free
2004Crash as Shaniqua Johnson
2001Kingdom Come as Marguerite Slocumb
2001I Am Sam as Margaret Calgrove
2000Boston Public as Marla Hendricks
2000Urban Legends: Final Cut as Reese Wilson
2000Freedom Song as Evelyn Walker
2000What Women Want as Flo the Doorwoman
1999The PJsWatch Free
1999The Breaks as Floria
1999Funny Valentines as Dearie B.
1999Introducing Dorothy Dandridge as Ruby Dandridge
1999Jackie's Back! as Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
1998Down in the Delta as Zenia
1998Urban Legend as Reese Wilson
1997Hoodlum as Pigfoot Mary
1996The Preacher's Wife as Beverly
1995Waiting to Exhale as Gloria Matthews
1993Amos & Andrew as Ula
1992Class Act as Blade's Mom
1990Stanley & Iris as Bertha
1989Parent Trap III as Thelma
1988Little Nikita


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